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Faces of Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost, but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud.
The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer

Nuristan, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan

Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress travellers with their dignity and hospitality
as much as their fierce independence.
– William Dalrymple,  author of
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42

Baghlan, Afghanistan
Parwan, Afghanistan
Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself
solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a
cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
– Khaled Hosseini

Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan

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